RockShox Judy SL 00 Front Shock

  • Hydracoil, All Travel System, XXX Sealing System
  • Travel: 63/80/100 mm
  • Aluminum Upper Tubes, Steel Steerer

  • User Reviews (25)

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    dustin   Racer [Nov 25, 2001]
    Strength:

    this is an update to my previous review...
    pretty long lasting when you abuse it

    Weakness:

    after a year of intense riding, this forks performance has started to decline drastically, see bottom line

    this fork, after about 10 months of use, has started to falter in performance. the bushings are wearing fast, it makes strange noises now. my main problem is that the right cap's adjuster stopped working. i took it off to fix it, and the part that is fitted for the socket wrench separated from the threaded shaft. now i fear that my rebound spring may come flying out of the leg on a right, so i must soon upgrade to a duke sl or a mars comp. 3 chilis overall, as this fork does not last very long

    Similar Products Used: judy c, race, marzocchi x-fly, manitou mars
    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Andreas Klauser   Cross Country Rider [Jan 31, 2002]
    Strength:

    Stiffness, function.

    Weakness:

    Weight.

    An update. I 've used it now the last eight month with 80mm travel and w15 oil setup. The Risse Catridge I had intermittently put in flew out againg. This Judy SL is certainly no conspicious fork like the Marzocchi Atom 80. It is rather heavy when compared to the Manitou SX Carbon. But it works well now, it is still in very good condition. The price compares well with the top class forks of Manitou, Marzocchi and Rock Shox itself. So this fork is o.k., then.

    Similar Products Used: RS SID98, RSJudy100, RSXL, Marzocchi Atom 80'00 and Race'01, Manitou SX Carbon, Manitou X-Vert Super '01
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Luke   Cross Country Rider [Sep 20, 2000]
    Strength:

    Plush and dependable ... once modified.

    Weakness:

    Flexy, not terribly good stock.

    These forks are defenitely not worth the money retail out of the box, but once modified, they start to become excellent forks.
    I am currently running a hydracoil damper in the left leg, 80 mm dummy rod in the right, Eibach springs, Mountainspeed speedseals (great!) and have oilbathed the dry leg. All that and liberal amounts of Englund slick honey have made this mediocre fork perfect for me. It is very plush and other than regular maint. , it has been worry free.
    Sure, it isn't terribly light, but I dont want to fuss with air sprung forks, and oil/spring is always far superior in performance.
    I suggest this fork to anyone who finds a great deal on one, as retail is far too pricey. You can eventually make a wonderfully plush, responsive fork. The array of aftermarket parts for these is mind boggling.
    Those obsessed with weight, or those who need insane amounts of travel look elsewhere, as this fork is too heavy for gram counters, and too flexy for serious DH/jumping type riding.

    Similar Products Used: Manitou SX, 3 generations of Judys, AMP F3 XC
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Mike B   Cross Country Rider [May 22, 2000]
    Strength:

    Feels great. Plush.

    Weakness:

    Orange/Yellow colour is hideous. Steerer tube makes it heavy.

    The Judy SL is awesome. I had a Rock Shok Jett C which I hated and now with this I am in love. It is so plush. It eats up roots and rocks like I never could imagine. It is extremely adjustable from 63-100mm of travel. The rebound adjuster at the base of the shock is great. It took me a couple of rides to get it right. Could be lighter, but my bike isn't that light to begin with so I'm not really complaining. I've heard about people replacing the steerer with an aluminum one.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Chris   Cross Country Rider [Jun 04, 2001]
    Strength:

    Simple Spring/Oil Bath Design, Lots of smooth travel with the proper spring/oil weight set-up

    Weakness:

    A little on the heavy side with the steel steerer

    I wish smart-@#$#24 downhillers would stop submitting reviews for XC forks. No Sh@#$t XC forks aren't going to take 5' plunges. Wah Wah Wah, " the damn thing bottomed out when I hucked a 10' set of stairs" Wah Wah Wah. This fork is sweet when set up PROPERLY for the riders weight. Nice travel options, smooth rebound (adjustable) and solid design. No fork covers a rider from 125lbs to 250lbs right out of the box. Give your head a shake. Pick this up, tune it to your ability and weight and you've got yourself a good, responsive shock. For all those other dumb $@$&^*: If you can't afford a DH fork for a DH bike then shut up!

    Similar Products Used: Manitous, other RS Products
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Andreas Klauser   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2001]
    Strength:

    Design, stiffness

    Weakness:

    sligthly overweight, dampening noteffective enough.

    I 'ver experimented quite a lot now with different forks and different fork set-ups with the RS Judy SL (see below). The Judy really IS a good fork for the money, but as a rather heavy guy I always had a problem with the poor dampening even with a w15 oil. Both Manitou and Marzocchi are a lot more effective with this respect. Stiff coils are of course mandatory, but the effective dampening is, with my experience, even more important. So I disassembled the thing again, changed the travel on the right side back to 63mm and put a Risse Cattrige and a Coil from an old Judy into the left side. Now the Judy works like it should. I'll put it into my Hot Chili hard tail now.

    Similar Products Used: Manitou SX Carbon 99, Marzocchi Bomber Atom 80
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Ben Maddy   Cross Country Rider [May 27, 2001]
    Strength:

    Plush, stiff and takes big hits without so much as a wimper

    Awsome fork I weigh 200 pounds and have fully tested this thing to what I thought would be the the limit and then beyond that. I have it set to 100mm with 15 weight oil and it works perfect. I decided to test it riding at a 8 inch porch edge. I rode straight at the thing a full speed and without pulling the front off at all. I new that if it didn't work it would throw me off onto my head, but it took the bump right out and didn't bottom hard at all. The bottom line is this is just a stimulating fork and for $149 you would be insane to pass it up. The still have the red ones with alloy steerer at supergo. Buy one.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Woody   Racer [Feb 23, 2001]
    Strength:

    Good all around fork. Easy to maintain. Responsiveness, stiffness. Easy to adjust.

    Weakness:

    Weight

    Came OEM with my bike. I weigh 185 lbs. and have not had any problems. I bottom out once or twice a ride but have not broken anything. The bike handles well, no complaints, just point and shoot. I have ridden technical single track and XC raced this fork and can't say anything bad about it except I wish it were lighter. May upgrade to a Sid to shave some grams. 4 flamin's due to the 3.9 lb wt.

    Similar Products Used: Manitou, RS Mag 21
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Adam   Downhiller [Dec 07, 2000]
    Strength:

    Looks good, strong, plush, lots of tyre clearence

    Weakness:

    None.

    An excellent long travel fork at a very good price. Perfect for street, light downhill, duel, jumping. Plenty of clearence for large tyres.

    Similar Products Used: Jnr T's, RST 281, Pace R36
    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Laurens   Cross Country Rider [Nov 23, 2000]
    Strength:

    -Cheap
    -Keeps the front wheel on the ground well
    -Rather plush

    Weakness:

    -Inconsistent performance
    -Cheap construction
    -Useless instructions

    This shock has really failed me. I have been riding with the Judy SL for a mere three months, preforming proper mainteniance and the because of weak construction I have bent the fork so that the wheel is misalligned meaning my front disk brake is useless. Often the shock rides well enough, but other times it really feels as though its only got 30 mm of travel. Basically a peice of crap, buy something better, and with the Judy SL's hefty weight it shouldn't be hard to find something that preforms better and is more durable and is lighter. No more Rock Shox for me.

    Similar Products Used: Headshocks, Marazochi Bombers, other Rock Shox crap
    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
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